Thursday 23rd February saw mass disruption across the North Wales Coast. Some of the disruption included Denbighshire County Council being forced to close several roads in the centre of Rhyl with safety concerns over flying debris. The Old Fairground site in Rhyl was forced to send workers home as Storm Doris ripped up security fencing and made it impossible to continue work safely.
There were also additional structural collapses at the Colwyn Bay Pier, sadly now looking beyond recognition as the historic attraction it once was on the North Wales coast.
Winds peaked at 65.6 mph at 10:56 am in Towyn according to a local weather station at Browns Holiday Park
The Point FM breakfast team went along Rhyl promenade shortly before the highest gusts were reached and ended up meeting a Channel 4 news team having difficulties standing still. The Team were happy to offer support and Big Al tried to do a weather update from the same location however Storm Doris had other thoughts. Visit the Point FM Facebook Page to see the Video.
The storm was officially upgraded to a “weather bomb” with the Met Office saying it has “rapidly deepened” and had gone through “explosive cyclogenesis.”
Click below to see Big Al attempting his weather report on the sea front this morning.
The clean up operation began early with winds easing by the mid to late afternoon. Chainsaw crews were out taking the opportunity to remove fallen trees wherever possible with local authority employees on hand to remove other debris and detritus scattered around.